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The Turandot Project (2000)

In May of 1997, Zubin Mehta conducts and Zhang Yimou directs Puccini's "Turnadot" in Florence. A year later, they stage nine performances in Beijing. This documentary focuses on the China ... See full summary »

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Allan Miller
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Credited cast:
Carlo Allemano Carlo Allemano ... Pong
Lando Bartolini Lando Bartolini ... Calaf
Giovanna Casolla Giovanna Casolla ... Turandot
Jing Hua Chen Jing Hua Chen ... Self - Costume Manager
Michael Ecker Michael Ecker ... Self - Executive Producer
Barbara Frittoli Barbara Frittoli ... Liù
Wolfgang Fritz Wolfgang Fritz ... Self - Sound Designer (as Prof. Wolfgang Fritz)
Cristina Gallardo Domas Cristina Gallardo Domas ... Liù
Xiaozhuang Gong Xiaozhuang Gong ... Self - China Performing Arts Agency
Shu Sheng Gu Shu Sheng Gu ... Self - Commander
Barbara Hendricks ... Liù
Sergej Larin Sergej Larin ... Calaf
Guido Levi Guido Levi ... Self - Lighting Designer
Jing Zhi Lin Jing Zhi Lin ... Self - Journalist
Cesare Mazzonis Cesare Mazzonis ... Self - Artistic Director, Florence Opera
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In May of 1997, Zubin Mehta conducts and Zhang Yimou directs Puccini's "Turnadot" in Florence. A year later, they stage nine performances in Beijing. This documentary focuses on the China production: a huge and elaborate set, hundreds of extras, three sets of principles, props and costumes matching the Ming Dynasty. Mehta, with his Indian roots and European training, revels in bringing disparate cultures together. Zhang wants the music to come through and anticipates the demands (and habits) of the Chinese audience. Rehearsals; production work; rain; talks with singers, crew, and local officials -- can it all come together? When the chorus is in full volume, no one sleeps. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Music

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It's not just for opera lovers
6 December 2001 | by jpedersenSee all my reviews

Although covering the Puccini opera, Turandot, this film says more about the making of a film vs. the staging of an opera. Even if you don't care for opera, this film gives a unique insight on China and the world of art. If nothing else, go to see the fabulous costumes and the Peking Opera dancers.


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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El proyecto de Turandot See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,877, 12 August 2001

Gross USA:

$33,504

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,504
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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